Obama gets a failing grade from economists. “U.S. President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received failing grades for their efforts to revive the economy from participants in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey.”
Not content with the $8 trillion the Obama Administration has already committed for bailouts, pork, and welfare, Treasury Secretary Geithner, who was confirmed by the Senate despite cheating on his taxes, wants to spend $100 billion on IMF loans to bail out struggling nations in Eastern Europe and elsewhere -- even though many European "officials doubt the wisdom of falling deeply into debt to create jobs and halt the plunge in consumer demand, as the United States is doing."
Wal-Mart's stock rating has been downgraded due to the possible passage of card-check legislation supported by Obama, which could lead to "diminished workforce flexibility" and pay based on "seniority" rather than merit, as a result of compulsory arbitration provisions contained in the bill. (The bill could also lead to intimidation of workers). The stock market has also fallen this year as investors have become disenchanted with the Administration.
The Federal Government may face increasing calls to bail out state governments, which have run up trillions of dollars in unfunded, and incredibly generous, pension liabilities to state employees in contracts negotiated with their unions using deliberately-deceptive accounting.
Obama broke his campaign promise to curb earmarks by signing a bloated, $410 billion appropriations bill that contained 8,500 earmarks totaling $7.7 billion. It also broke his campaign promise of a "net spending cut."
Obama broke seven campaign promises dealing with transparency and clean government in signing the economy-shrinking, $800 billion stimulus package, much of whose contents were secret until shortly before Congress voted on it, and whose 1400 pages went unread by most Congressmen who voted on it.
Earlier, Obama repeatedly broke his promises not to sign bills without first giving the public five days to comment. "Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them," Obama's campaign Web site stated. "As president, Obama will not sign any nonemergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days."
But Obama has repeatedly signed laws without providing such notice, such as the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, his very first law, which he signed less than 2 days after it was passed by the House, with no opportunity for comment. Moreover, in signing the Ledbetter law, Obama made false claims about both the facts of the Supreme Court case that the Ledbetter law overturned, and what the Supreme Court actually held in that case.
The Washington Post's David Ignatius, finally losing patience with Obama, criticizes the Administration's focus on anything but fixing the economy's underlying ills, calling its economic policies a "phony war" characterized by economic "mismanagement." "Economist David Smick had it right in The Post this week when he said the administration had a three-pronged strategy: delay, delay and delay. The administration announces a rescue package but doesn't deliver details; it promises budget discipline but saves the hard decisions for later," while stacking the Obama "administration with politicians and former government officials," who lack "experience managing large organizations in crisis."
Like us, Michael Barone says that the Treasury Department and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, through their arbitrary, "ad hoc" approach to the financial crisis (such as their unpredictable and inconsistent decisions about which companies to bail out), have exacerbated the current financial crisis by leaving "players in the financial markets full of uncertainty and fear."